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Alkermes Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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  • There is room for growth but it almost seems like there is a high turnover rate (in 3 reviews)

  • Still making transition from R&D organization to commercial one (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Waltham, MA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alkermes as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -flex hours
    -good company values
    -good group to work with

    Cons

    -winter street traffic sucks


  2. "Data Steward"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Contractor - Data Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Contractor - Data Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Alkermes as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly, great work environment. Everybody was helpful and willing to answer any questions you had.

    Cons

    Not any off the top of my head.


  3. "Great culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I've been in the industry for over 20 years, worked for 6 different companies, and this is like heaven. I am empowered to do a lot of things my way. People are nice and focus on work rather than politic.

    Cons

    There appears to be too many layers of management, especially for a small company. More people should be hired to the actual work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more workers and less managers.


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  5. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer I in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer I in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small company culture, big company stability

    Cons

    sometimes rushed research and development timelines


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Working at Alkermes is winning the science jackpot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Premiere pipeline that matters to every aspect of society: mental health, addiction, depression, etc.... As a scientist, having the opportunity to interact directly with the patients we work for is life changing and the science is beyond fun. With our continued success, I believe that we will someday look back and realize that what this relatively small organization accomplished was unprecedented in Pharma. If your motivation equation is heavily weighted towards people, pipeline and purpose, this will be the ride of a lifetime!

    Cons

    If you don't enjoy organized chaos, Alkermes may be a tough place to work. Like every organization in the world, there are pockets of people that do not perform to a high standard and perhaps there are pockets where mediocrity is tolerated. Our goal at Alkermes is to have high turnover in these areas and for 6 years I have seen Alkermes put in the effort to make progress, albeit more slow than some may like but ALWAYS with the desire to do the right thing.

    Advice to Management

    As the organization and the pipeline grows, our management will have to more actively prioritize our pipeline. In other words, balance the portfolio of projects which are seemingly all in the important and urgent bucket.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to grow strong impact on helping me develop."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Wilmington, OH
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Wilmington, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Good Pay
    Good People

    Cons

    Micro Managing
    Very Demanding
    Long Drive


  8. Helpful (1)

    "The workplace that you've always wanted to be at."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT in Wilmington, OH
    Current Employee - IT in Wilmington, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a lot of respect for their workers in general. You are treated very fairly, and they make it so that you are happy to get up and go to work in the mornings. Good co-workers, pleasant work atmosphere. We have managers that actually take the time to get out and work with and for you. You can guarantee that you have good represenation as to your wants, needs, and expectations as they make their way up to the senior management level. You can actually enjoy your job and do a good job that is helping make a difference in a lot of peoples lives.

    Cons

    If I find any downsides, I'll be sure to post them. In general, there aren't any real downsides as I see them. There is always that person or two that you wish you didn't have to work with as they have no people skills, but you do your time and deal with these people the best way you can. It isn't too hard keeping a smile on your face as you know you'll soon be done. You could consider the location of the company a downside for a lot of employee's, as there are quite a few that make quite a long drive to just work here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. I know there have been rocky times, but I see you leading us to a bright future.


  9. "Great culture, vision, and benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Positive work environment. Rapid growth.

    Cons

    Training is still a work in progress.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time

    Pros

    Alkermes is a tremendous company to work for. The company offers a great corporate culture with a patient focused mission that is evident throughout the organization. The work environment offers a high level of autonomy and cross-functional collaboration.

    Cons

    No negatives to report. The company is currently marketing products focused on the treatment of Addiction and Mental Health. This is work that can often drive a high level of satisfaction/reward that can result in strain on work/life balance.


  11. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family oriented and well staffed. Great organization and has a bright future.

    Cons

    It is a bit of a drive to work

    Advice to Management

    None


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